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Fort Gordon officials released the name of a 27-year-old member of the Mississippi Army National Guard who was found dead Friday in the Georgia base’s training area.
Second Lt. Anthony Thomas Scardino failed to report to his designated location Friday, triggering a search that involved about 90 soldiers as well as emergency services personnel, according to a Fort Gordon news release sent out Sunday. His body was found at about 10 p.m. in the training area; installation officials did not provide further details, saying that “the causes and circumstances of Scardino’s death are under investigation.”
Scardino was temporarily assigned to 442nd Signal Battalion, 15th Regimental Signal Brigade, at Fort Gordon for training in the Signal Basic Officer Leadership Course, according to the release.
He enlisted in the Guard in 2003, deployed to Iraq in 2006, deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 and received a direct commission to second lieutenant as a signal officer in November 2013, the release states. He earned a Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal among other honors, according to the release.